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Residential Services Icon Residential: Campuses provide engaging experiences for youth within a safe, structured setting. Multi-disciplinary teams of medical, clinical, recreational, spiritual & program staff design and implement comprehensive, customized treatment plans.
Strawbridge School Icon Strawbridge School: A non-public special and regular education school serving preschool through age 21 in a therapeutic environment. The school specializes in serving youth with autism, as well other learning, health, emotional, and behavioral disabilities.
Treatment Foster Care Home Icon Treatment Foster Care Homes: Provide therapeutically structured home environments for youth ages 2 to 21. Specially trained foster parents and BCC’s professional staff work to ensure youth are nurtured in a safe and encouraging home setting.
Mental Health Clinic Icon Mental Health Clinic: Licensed clinical therapists and a child psychiatrist help children and their families navigate difficult times. Individual and group sessions provided for youth ages 3
to 18 and their families.
Early Learning Program Icon Early Learning Program: Provides quality childcare focused on the growth and development of children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, from different socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
Adoption Services Icon Adoption Services: Referral and counseling assistance is provided to families both pre and post adoption. Home study and post-adoption search and reunion services are also both available.
Group Homes Icon Group Homes: Residents stay integrated within the community and attend public school while also acquiring independent living skills. Four homes in Maryland and three in West Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

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Become a TFC Foster Parent

Step 1: The first step is taking the Hero Quiz

The first step is a simple one:  answer the five questions below to see if being a TFC parent or respite care parent is right for you.  After you answer the quiz questions, a TFC team member will set up a private and confidential introductory phone call.  They will help answer your questions and discuss any of the hesitations you may be having.

Step 2: Fill out the application

After your initial one-on-one call, you’ll have:

  • An assigned TFC teammate who will be with you every step of the way from this point forward.  No guessing on where to direct questions or knowing what the next step is. You’ll have one point of contact at BCC.
  • Been emailed a link to the TFC parent application (everything is online – you can fill it out on your phone or tablet). The application is the same for prospective fulltime and respite parents.

Step 3: Attend an Information Session

The next step is to attend an information session. Our current families and parents say that the  information session was really valuable in helping them make a decision. It’s also likely the first time you’ll meet your TFC teammate in person!

We want you to walk away from this session with a few things:

  1. Who is BCC as a non-profit organization? What makes us stand out from other charities?
  2. Who is on the TFC team at BCC?  Who would be working with you? What kind of support would you receive? Hint: it’s 24/7/365!  
  3. A really clear understanding of what the path to become a TFC parent looks like (be it full time or respite care).
  4. Some common myths and misconceptions about the youth served by BCC
  5. How time off works. Full time TFC parents will need to take breaks from time to time, just like all parents!  BCC makes sure you and the child have respite or temporary breaks built into the program so you can both recharge.
  6. How the reimbursement / stipend system works for TFC parents

Step 4: Attend PRIDE Training

At this stage you have worked with your TFC teammate to answer any remaining questions, and you’re ready to take the next step in your journey.  We’ll be honest – it’s a big one, as PRIDE training is 27 hours in total.

PRIDE stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education.  It’s quite a mouthful (we promise we didn’t pick the name).  This training is the knowledge cornerstone for all Treatment Foster Care parents at the outset of their journey.  BCC will help you build and develop your skill sets over time with continuing education and staff support.  But it all starts with PRIDE.

The goals of PRIDE are:

  1. To give parents the information needed to handle routine matters such as medical and psychological care, clothing needs, education, and visitation with the birth family.
  2. To provide the skills needed to solve problems with creativity and patience
  3. To go over the required ethical and legal standards that keep your home and BCC in compliance with Maryland state regulations.
  4. To coach and talk through the strategies needed during the adjustment period when the child first enters your home.
  5. To identify behaviors likely learned by the child as a result from being in the foster care system or from past trauma they experienced prior to being placed into care.
  6. To hear directly from current TFC parents who will share their experience and be mentors for you throughout the PRIDE training process (and beyond).

Step 5: Background Check

At this stage you have finished PRIDE training and have decided that being a treatment foster care parent or respite parent is for you.  What remains on your journey to becoming a licensed home in Maryland is paperwork, background checks, and a safe home study.  Do not panic!  That’s what Step 5 is all about.

This next meeting will occur in your home.  A member of the TFC team will work with you and your TFC teammate (thought we forgot about them didn’t you? Not a chance – they’re there for you start to finish) on what forms BCC and the State of Maryland needs filled out.

Step 6: Safe Home Study

Once you have got this far you are really on your way!

You’ll be introduced to a new person on your journey at this stage – the licensed social worker who will be completing your SAFE home study.

The report they ultimately produce is a critical component of your application to the State of Maryland to become a Treatment Foster Care or respite care parent.

The SAFE home study process involves around six visits to your home and time spent talking to you and any members of your household. During this stage we’ll also be finishing up any background checks, other state-mandated paperwork, and reference checks that will accompany your final application.

All the work we do will be conducted professionally and confidentially. This step is to ensure that vulnerable children are entrusted to the care of people who are safe, stable, and secure.

Step 7: CPR & First Aid Certification

It probably feels like you just got finished with PRIDE and you’re already back to the classroom!  BCC will provide the class (free of charge) and all materials needed to get you certified initially, and will cover the cost of re-certification as needed in the future.

Step 8:  Your license to be a Treatment Foster Care parent or respite parent arrives!

Congratulations!  You are officially part of the Board of Child Care family!

Step 9: A child is placed in your home

For full time TFC parents:

The TFC team will work with you throughout the placement process.  BCC makes social workers available 24/7/365 for all of its TFC parents.  In addition, all new TFC parents are paired with a more experienced TFC family at BCC that will act as a resource throughout your TFC experience (especially during the transition weeks early in placement).

For respite care parents:

Your assigned BCC social worker will be coordinating with you on scheduled respite visits.

Ongoing Training

Ongoing training is a vital tool in the TFC parent toolbox.  BCC will make sure you have access to these critical sessions for coaching, problem solving, and support.

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Behind the Tassel – Franki

Franki is an Anne Arundel County high school graduate where she achieved stellar academic success. She earned a weighted grade point average of 4.11 and non-weighted of 3.66.  As of May 12, 2017, she ranked 23 out of 341 in her class.  Her favorite class was AP World History.  Her student transcript is filled with many Advanced Placement and Honors classes.

Franki has been accepted to a four-year college and will begin study there this fall. She plans to obtain a degree in Sports Medicine.  Her choice of career was influenced by her work at an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Center as a receptionist.

Her college – 2,685 miles from her hometown in Maryland – represents an exciting next chapter in her life.

We congratulate Franki on winning the Alice G. Seymour Award for Academic Achievement and wish her well in her future success!

Go Behind Tassel for more pics and moments!

 

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PRESS RELEASE: ELP PROGRAM IN D.C. EARNS NAEYC ACCREDITATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristian Sekse
443-845-4395 (C)
ksekse@boardofchildcare.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 27, 2016 — The Board of Child Care’s Early Learning Program, located in the Southeast (SE) quadrant of Washington, D.C., has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood centers.

This approval follows the Board of Child Care’s certification in February from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and last month’s license for the West Virginia campus in Martinsburg to offer Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

BCC REPORT CARD W MEAN SCORE NAEYCBCC earned outstanding scores within the 10 NAEYC program standards the ELP was judged and evaluated upon. NAEYC awarded BCC 100 percent marks in five categories, 96 percent or better in two other standards, giving BCC a mean score of 95.8!

“NAEYC is the gold standard and recognized nationally for quality early learning programs like ours,” said Cora Jackson, Assistant Program Director of the DC ELP. “It says that our program is a place where all children can learn, grow and thrive, because of our exciting and rich learning environments, nurturing, engaging, and knowledgeable teaching staff, and committed families.”

The NAEYC certificate, conferred June 6, 2016, is valid through July 1, 2021. The certificate is based upon evaluated proficiency in 10 program standards, each group or classroom observed during a site visit, as well as all candidacy and other required criteria. The required criteria include scoring 80 percent or better for each program standard and 70 percent or better for each classroom or group observed.

“What these numbers tell me is we’re very successful at what we do and justifies why we have a waiting list to get into the program in DC,” said Laurie Anne Spagnola, BCC’s President and CEO. “It also means we have some outstanding programming in place to enrich the children and families we serve, and that is most important.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation, the Board of Child Care went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. Additionally, NAEYC assessors conducted an on-site visit. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their five-year accreditation.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high quality early childhood education. NAEYC validates 7,000 programs, or just approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

About the Board of Child Care

Enriching communities, one family at a time, BCC’s $27 million annual budget provides programs across the Mid-Atlantic. Offerings include residential care, treatment foster care, early childhood education, therapeutic counseling, adoption information and referral, and a special education school. Headquartered in Baltimore, BCC operates facilities and group homes throughout Maryland and the Eastern Shore, WV and D.C.

To learn more, visit www.boardofchildcare.org.

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Baltimore Residential Campus

Baltimore campus aerial photo

 

Located on a 28-acre campus just minutes from the I-695 Liberty Road Exit, Board of Child Care’s Baltimore campus contains 14 living units and our community-based group home called Gateway. The property offers extensive recreational, vocational, and educational facilities – all nestled behind a quiet neighborhood in Milford Mill.

The Baltimore campus serves several distinct program populations with a total of 109 residential beds. In addition, it is also the organization’s operational headquarters. Also on campus are a recreation and activity center, dining hall, conference center, welcome center, chapel, and the Strawbridge School.

 baltimore-upper-campus-housesUPPER CAMPUS

Seven houses each have five individual rooms. Total capacity is 35 youth, with a mix of males and females. Youth who are diagnosed with emotional, developmental (including autism) and behavioral disabilities are served in this program.

baltimore-mid-and-lower-campus-cottages

LOWER AND MID CAMPUS

Our lower and mid-campus cottages serve the widest variety of youth on the Baltimore campus program. Depending on which Maryland county is making the referral, we serve youth from the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), and the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Youth can enter our Baltimore campus program as a voluntary placement, but that is rare.

Lower Campus:  Five living units, each with 10 single rooms, a kitchen, common area, and two bathrooms.

Mid Campus:  Two living units, each with 12 single rooms, a kitchen, common area, and two bathrooms.

THE GIRLS PROGRAM

Launched in late 2015, BCC’s girl’s program is designed specifically to meet the needs of high-intensity, adolescent females. Empowering girls to rise from the ashes of complex and/or chronic trauma through renewal and hope is the goal. Participants are housed on Baltimore’s lower campus cottages. The program implements relationship-based and data-proven interventions for maximum impact upon program participants and their families.

The program is currently considering new admissions until capacity is reached. Admission procedures start with your county’s appropriate DSS representative.

TREATMENT GOALS & NEXT STEPS

No matter how a child came to be in our care, our goal is to create an environment where they can grow to be successful members of their families and communities. It is important to note, however, that the programming for youth served by BCC’s residential program is designed around their ultimate plan for discharge. We know that our team can never replace a family, and we work very hard to structure programming to support whatever the appropriate next step is for that youth.

There are a wide variety of options the treatment team may consider as they craft the immediate therapeutic goals as well as the discharge plan. For example, some youth will ultimately be reunited with their families (either immediate or extended), while others will move from BCC’s residential program setting to another treatment setting. This could be a more intense treatment environment or a less intense one, such as placement in a group home or treatment foster care home.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT & VISITS

The definition of ‘family ‘varies greatly from child to child.  At BCC we define family as anyone who cares for the well being of the youth in our care.  All of BCC’s social workers are trained to conduct family therapy sessions either via phone or, preferably, in person. The clinical building on campus has space specifically designed for family therapy. Depending on the discharge plan and treatment progress, weekend home visits can be scheduled for the residents.

Our clinical team works closely with the youth to determine who their sources of support are and make sure they are part of the treatment team. Each youth in care has an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP), and the ‘family’ is invited approximately every 90 days to progress meetings.  Youth who successfully progress through their treatment plans have campus home visits scheduled (BCC provides transportation to and from the home).

SAMPLE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

The schedule outline below is a sample; each residential campus and group home is slightly different.  During the summer months, youth who are not in summer school will be busy volunteering, enjoying the summer camp experience on our campus or finding an internship to gain valuable work experience.

6:30 am         Wake-up, personal hygiene & Health Suite appointments.

7:30 am         Cafeteria breakfast service

8 am               School

2:30 pm         Afternoon snack upon return from school

3 pm               Group meetings, therapy and/or Health Suite appt.

4 pm               Chores or group activity; recreation and/or therapy

5-6pm            Cafeteria dinner service

6-8pm            Study and/or tutoring

7 pm               Recreation/spiritual life/therapy and/or phone time

8 pm               Evening snack

8:30 pm         Bedtime routine

baltimore-campus-indoor-gym

RECREATION

Increasing self-esteem, physical health and gaining the trust of peers and adults is the goal of structured sports, fitness and club activities at BCC. Our indoor gymnasium (pictured above), fitness room, heated outdoor pool, baseball and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts and an adventure-based ropes course (pictured below) are useful and therapeutic.

SPIRITUALITY

Christian-based services include weekly chapel services, Bible study, and community service trips. Attending denominational services off-campus if therapeutically appropriate is permitted.

*All spiritual life programming is optional. You can read more about spiritual life here

baltimore-campus-outdoor-basketball-court-and-rock-wall

SCHOOLING

Baltimore campus residents either continue to attend their home school, local Baltimore County zoned schools or the on-campus Strawbridge School. Read more about the Strawbridge School degree options available for students.

STAFF

A multi-disciplinary professional team provides behavioral health and therapeutic supports. The staff includes child care workers, clinicians, supervisors, and recreational staff. The youth see a BCC psychiatrist and receive medical services from the on-campus health suite

LICENSE INFORMATION

You can read a complete list of our operating licenses here.

We do have the capacity to take an emergency, after hours placements.  Please click here for contact information.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Our incredible volunteers provide the ‘touches from home’ to the youth living on the Board of Child Care.  Everything from sending birthday cards, baking cookies, and knitting scarves, to sponsoring Christmas presents.  Click here to learn more.

ADMISSIONS

Centralized Admissions Coordinator

Alexandra Huss, LMSW

Centralized Admissions Coordinator, Therapist

Board of Child Care

3300 Gaither Road

Baltimore, MD 21244

Cell: 410-487-1337
ahuss@boardofchildcare.org

Board of Child Care programs are open to any individual regardless of their religious beliefs.  Read more about Spiritual Life programming and BCC’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

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Martinsburg Residential Campus

 

 

BCC’s Martinsburg campus is located just off Exit 20 of I-81 in West Virginia. The 50-bed residential program serves both males and females (ages 12 to 21) that need support coping with emotional and behavioral issues. The property offers extensive recreational, vocational, and educational facilities – all tucked behind a quiet neighborhood in Berkeley County. Also on campus are an indoor gymnasium, dining hall, and chapel.

HOUSING

                              Common living area

Youth reside in five cottages, each containing 10 individual bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, living room, and laundry room. Each cottage has a supervisor as well as assigned direct care staff who are with the residents during their daily programming. There is also an awake overnight staff in each unit should any of the youth need anything. Each cottage is also assigned a vehicle. During a resident’s stay, we handle all local transportation needs with our own cars and our own staff.

TREATMENT GOALS & NEXT STEPS

No matter how a child or teenager came to be in our care, our goal is to create an environment where they can grow to be successful members of their families and communities. It is important to note, however, that the programming for youth served by BCC’s residential program is designed around their ultimate plan for discharge. We know that our team can never replace a family, and we work very hard to structure programming to support whatever the appropriate next step is for that youth.

There are a wide variety of options the treatment team may consider as they craft the immediate therapeutic goals as well as the discharge plan. For example, some youth will ultimately be reunited with their families (either immediate or extended), while others will move from BCC’s residential program setting to another treatment setting. This could be a more intense treatment environment or a less intense one, such as placement in a group home or treatment foster care home.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT & VISITS

The definition of ‘family ‘varies greatly from child to child.  At BCC we define family as anyone who cares for the well being of the youth in our care.  All of BCC’s social workers are trained to conduct family therapy sessions either via phone or, preferably, in person. The clinical building on campus has space specifically designed for family therapy. Depending on the discharge plan and treatment progress, weekend home visits can be scheduled for the residents.

Our clinical team works closely with the youth to determine who their sources of support are and make sure they are part of the treatment team. Each youth in care has an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP), and the ‘family’ is invited approximately every 90 days to progress meetings.  Youth who successfully progress through their treatment plans have campus home visits scheduled (BCC provides transportation to and from the home).

SAMPLE PROGRAMING SCHEDULE

The programming schedule for each campus and group home is slightly different.  Below is a sample outline of a day’s activities at our residential campus. During the summer months, the youth who are not in summer school can often be found volunteering, enjoying the summer camp experience on our campus, or finding an internship to gain work experience.

Salad bar for healthy choices

 

 

6:30am – Wake-Up and morning chores
7:00am – Personal Hygiene and Health Suite Appointments
7:30am – Breakfast
8:00am – School
2:45pm – Afternoon Snack
3:00pm – Group meetings
3:30pm – Therapy and/or Health Suite Appointments
4:00pm – Free time and/or recreation
4:30pm – Boys Dinner
5:00pm – Chores, Group activity, free time and/or therapy
5:30pm – Girls Dinner
6:00pm – Study Hour and/or Tutoring
7:00pm – Recreation / Spiritual Life / Therapy and/or Phone time
8:00pm – Evening snack
8:30pm – Bedtime Routine

 

 

martinsburg-indoor-basketball-court

                                                                                                                                 Gym for basketball

RECREATION                                                                                                       

Skate Park

martinsburg-pool

 

The Martinsburg residential program provides structured sports, fitness, and community activities designed to increase self-esteem, physical health, and trust of peers and adults. The campus includes an indoor gymnasium, fitness room, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, a skateboard park, and a ropes course. Residents can also compete as a team against the BCC Baltimore campus youth in a variety of sports, including flag football, softball, indoor soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

The heated outdoor pool is open from May to September to teach residents proper swim techniques (some of our youth arrive having never received formal lessons), learn lifesaving skills, or to just enjoy the summer sun.

EDUCATION

martinsburg-school

All youth living on our Martinsburg campus receive their education through the on-grounds school. Smaller class sizes and the availability of both traditional (4 year) and non-traditional graduation paths (5 year, GED testing, etc.) provide a flexible route to a high school diploma for each student.

The school is operated in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDOE). BCC constructed and maintains the building and provides some of the classroom support staff and vocational training staff. The school’s certified teachers, however, are employed by the WVDOE. It is through this partnership we are able to host and support an innovative educational model that focuses on career and technology education. There are currently two core areas of life skill training. The commercial kitchen in the basement hosts the culinary program, and the computer lab holds the event planning classes.

STAFF

A multi-disciplinary team of professionals provides behavioral health support and treatment to our residents. Martinsburg’s staff include master’s level licensed therapists, social workers, certified chemical dependency counselors, therapeutic recreational specialists, tutors, and registered nurses.

LICENSE INFORMATION

You can read a complete list of our operating licenses here.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Our incredible volunteers provide the ‘touches from home’ to the youth living at the Board of Child Care.  Everything from sending birthday cards, baking cookies, and knitting scarves, to sponsoring Christmas presents. Click here to learn more.

ADMISSIONS

Victoria Brooks, LGSW
T: 304-274-1234 x3301
F: 304-274-1876
vbrooks@boardofchildcare.org

Board of Child Care’s programs are open to any individual regardless of their religious beliefs.  Read more about Spiritual Life programing and BCC’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

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Denton Residential Campus

Denton Administration BuildingThe Eastern Shore Campus provides services to male youth, ages 14 to 20. Residents are given therapeutic, academic and behavioral support to help them overcome emotional and behavioral issues so they can function responsibly in the community after discharge.

denton-cottage-interior

HOUSING

Youth on the Denton campus live in two cottages, each containing eight single rooms. Both living units utilize natural light and bright vibrant colors throughout their design.  Shared common areas (pictured above and below) help create a sense of community within the unit and provide practical space to teach life skills, such as cooking, laundry, and computer/internet use.

denton-cottage-kitchen

TREATMENT GOALS & NEXT STEPS

No matter how a child came to be in our care, our goal is to create an environment where they can grow to be successful members of their families and communities. It is important to note, however, that the programming for youth served by BCC’s residential program is designed around their ultimate plan for discharge. We know that our team can never replace a family, and we work very hard to structure programming to support whatever the appropriate next step is for that youth.

There are a wide variety of options the treatment team may consider as they craft the immediate therapeutic goals as well as the discharge plan. For example, some youth will ultimately be reunited with their families (either immediate or extended), while others will move from BCC’s residential program setting to another treatment setting. This could be a more intense treatment environment or a less intense one, such as placement in a group home or treatment foster care home.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT & VISITS

The definition of ‘family ‘varies greatly from child to child.  At BCC we define family as anyone who cares for the well being of the youth in our care.  All of BCC’s social workers are trained to conduct family therapy sessions either via phone or, preferably, in person. The clinical building on campus has space specifically designed for family therapy. Depending on the discharge plan and treatment progress, weekend home visits can be scheduled for the residents.

Our clinical team works closely with the youth to determine who their sources of support are and makes sure they are part of the treatment team. Each youth in care has an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP), and the ‘family’ is invited approximately every 90 days to progress meetings.  Youth who successfully progress through their treatment plans have campus home visits scheduled (BCC provides transportation to and from the home).

SAMPLE PROGRAMING SCHEDULE

The programming schedule for each campus and group home is slightly different.  Below is a sample outline of a day’s activities at our residential campus. During the summer months the youth who are not in summer school can often be found volunteering, enjoying the summer camp experience on our campus, or finding an internship to gain work experience.

6:30am – Wake-Up and morning chores
7:00am – Personal Hygiene and Health Suite Appointments
7:30am – Breakfast
8:00am – School
2:45pm – Afternoon Snack
3:00pm – Group meetings
3:30pm – Therapy and/or Health Suite Appointments
4:00pm – Free time and/or recreation
4:30pm – Boys Dinner
5:00pm – Chores, Group activity, free time and/or therapy
5:30pm – Girls Dinner
6:00pm – Study Hour and/or Tutoring
7:00pm – Recreation / Spiritual Life / Therapy and/or Phone time
8:00pm – Evening snack
8:30pm – Bedtime Routine

RECREATION

The Denton campus is situated on a former farm and offers abundant fishing opportunities, in addition to two outdoor basketball courts and a softball field. The expansive fields surrounding the campus are used for kickball, whiffle ball, soccer and bike riding.

Local partnerships with community-based programs provide additional recreational activities. Special thanks go to the YMCA, local sports camps, and to our United Methodist Church partners for their ongoing support of our youth.

SCHOOLING

Denton campus youth attend local community schools in Caroline County that best serve their educational needs.

STAFF

A multi-disciplinary professional team provides behavioral health and therapeutic supports. The staff includes child care workers, clinicians, supervisors and recreational staff. The youth see a BCC psychiatrist and receive medical services from community providers.

LICENSE INFORMATION

You can read a complete list of our operating licenses here.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Do you have an upcoming community fair, extra tickets to an event, or another great idea for our youth to participate in? Please call or email us (contact information below)!

Admissions

Alexandra Huss, LMSW

Centralized Admissions Coordinator, Therapist

Board of Child Care

3300 Gaither Road

Baltimore, MD 21244

Agency Cell: 410-487-1337

ahuss@boardofchildcare.org

 

Board of Child Care’s programs is open to any individual regardless of their religious beliefs.  Read more about Spiritual Life programming and BCC’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

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Spiritual Life

baltimore-campus-chapel
Baltimore Campus Chapel

 

Spiritual life (SL) experiences contribute toward BCC’s goal to be a conduit of healing, safety, well-being and permanency for the youth entrusted to our care.

Our programs are open to any individual regardless of their religious beliefs and we honor wherever a youth is on his/her faith journey.

The affiliation between the Board of Child Care and the United Methodist Church is deeply rooted in BCC’s history (learn more about it here). With this in mind, the SL program seeks to provide worship, fellowship, outreach, and counseling experiences to meet the needs of our residents and staff.

While we provide various opportunities, SL programming is always optional for the youth in our care.

To assist in addressing the diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and faith traditions of all those served at BCC, we utilize both traditional Christian elements and other faith resources. This is accomplished through opportunity for attendance at worship services on and off grounds, as well as bringing in guest clergy from mosques, synagogues, and guest preachers (when appropriate) to speak at chapel services. All new residents are asked if they would like a bible or other religious support material for self-study.

Current spiritual life program elements include:

  • Small group meetings
  • Bible study and education
  • Community service projects
  • Weekly chapel services
  • Off grounds Sunday worship
  • Special events such as retreats, camps, and holiday programs
  • Speakers/ exploring other faiths

No matter what programming we are offering, our goal is to provide residents and staff the chance to learn and grow within a supportive community of faith.  Our SL team are selected because of their ability to provide interactions that express kindness, patience, reassurance, calm, acceptance, and listening.

Baltimore Campus Outdoor Chapel

The SL curriculum is just one component of BCC’s residential and group home program.  Across the organization, we interweave the five core values of Trauma Informed Care in all that we do.  The core values are safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment.

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Martinsburg campus chapel

The Baltimore and West Virginia campus locations have chapels on grounds (Baltimore’s chapel is featured above), while the remainder of BCC’s residential, group home, and treatment foster care homes utilize local congregations for worship.

Programming is designed to address spirituality in a fashion that is compatible with the age, development and other considerations of the resident.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Group activities to illustrate spiritual concepts
  • Tactile, creative, and/or visually oriented sessions
  • Spiritual Diversity Curriculum
  • Prayer  Requests
  • Residents confidentially place their prayer concerns in a private  box, viewed only by the SL staff, to be discussed as needed

If you would to volunteer at the Board of Child Care – we welcome the help!  Click here to find out about our current volunteer opportunities and what items are on our wish list.

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